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Information technology has produced new ethical challenges and concerns in dealing with issues about privacy, security, piracy and professional ethics. Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology discusses these issues as well as other important ethical issues such as the outsourcing of high-level jobs and the value of IT itself. The main framework for ethical problems used in Contemporary Issues in Ethics and Information Technology is derived from the work of the late philosopher John Rawls. Rawls' contribution to ethics was a theory of justice rooted in the social contract theory of the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. The author's discussion of the value of IT also builds on the views of the philosopher, Martin Heidegger, on modern technology as an independent force in human existence with its own point-of-view. This book provides guidance for IT professionals and users for practical ethical problems.
|Ch. I||Ethical issues in information technology||1|
|Ch. II||A background in ethical theory||12|
|Ch. III||The context of IT ethical issues||33|
|Ch. IV||Professional duties||44|
|Ch. V||Justice in a market economy||60|
|Ch. VI||Trust issues in a market economy||77|
|Ch. VII||Offshoring as an ethical issue||89|
|Ch. VIII||Privacy and security||107|
|Ch. IX||Copyright and piracy||119|
|Ch. XI||Valuing information technology||144|
|Ch. XII||The ultimate value of technology||158|
|Ch. XIII||The ultimate value of information technology||180|
Posted December 27, 2005
The title of this book caught my eye due to involvement in the offshoring of IT services projects. I initially focused on the chapters related to offshoring and its ethical implications, and was a little dissapointed that more depth and case studies were not included, and also with the authors US centric point of view. However, the book really starts to shine in the last chapters, where the author clearly understands his material, and doesn't dissapoint by expanding his viewpoint effectively to a consideration of how humanity can effectively manage technology in order to avoid extinction of our species. The very clear language makes the book a must read not only for IT professions with high integrity, but also any clear thinking person who wants a book full of leads and references that will take you in many interesting directions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.